Pics or it didnt happen?

Pics or it didn’t happen? Seeing is believing?

Everywhere we look, we see digitally manipulated images. We’re at a point where even the most proficient experts in digital imagery and forensic
analysis would be hard pressed to identify the edits of the most skilled editors. The untrained eye doesn’t even stand a chance. Consider the
following photoshop I did of my friend’s face (second pic) on Bill De Blasio’s body (first pic) last year:


I’m not a professional image editor, I’m completely self-taught and this isn’t even my best work. I am however an interested hobbyist and the
sort of person who knows my way around a few professional grade image editors and so I tend to take notice of interesting developments in image
editing. I think this is also an area of particular concern for most ATS users with an interest in conspiracies, UFOs and the paranormal. So I thought
I share some information from articles I read this week about two new pieces of software that make it even easier to produce convincing
manipulations.

Wired – Editing tool lets you manipulate 3D objects in 2D photos


It is very common for objects to be resized or have their positions within the frame altered slightly within the 2D image plane, but the new tool
will let people turn or flip objects, which will show bits of them that weren’t even captured by the camera. The secret to this is that the software
uses publicly available 3D models of objects to inform the editing software how to complete the geometry and the parts of the object not on show. By
studying the structure and symmetry of an object, the software can fill in the blanks to recreate the object in its entirety — or at least make a
best guess and what it would be like.

Though the software was designed with manipulating 3D objects in 2D images, in the embedded video above, you can see where they’ve even used the
software to animate the flight of an origami crane.

Science Daily – Photo editing algorithm changes weather, seasons automatically in
your shots


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A computer algorithm being developed by Brown University researchers enables users to instantly change the weather, time of day, season, or other
features in outdoor photos with simple text commands. Machine learning and a clever database make it possible. A paper describing the work will be
presented at SIGGRAPH 2014.


The idea behind the program is to make photo editing easy for people who might not be familiar with the ins and outs of complex photo editing
software.


To start the project, Hays and his team defined a list of transient attributes that users might want to edit. They settled on 40 attributes that
range from the simple — cloudy, sunny, snowy, rainy, or foggy — to the subjective — gloomy, bright, sentimental, mysterious, or calm.
The next step was to teach the algorithm what these attributes look like. To do that, the researchers compiled a database consisting of thousands of
photos taken by 101 stationary webcams around the world. The cameras took pictures of the same scenes in varying of conditions — different times of
day, different seasons and in all kinds of weather. The researchers then asked workers on Mechanical Turk — a crowdsourcing marketplace operated by
Amazon — to annotate more than 8,000 photos according to which of the 40 attributes are present in each. Those annotated photos were then fed through
a machine learning algorithm.

The paranoiacs out there might also find it noteworthy that the research was supported by the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA)
via Air Force Research Laboratory and the National Science Foundation.

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